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Core Course Areas

The ESE program focuses on seven core course areas (list below) supporting the five major themes:

Core Course Areas:
  • Ecological & Biological Sciences
  • Life Cycle Thinking in Sustainability
  • Environmental Policy, Economics, Human Dimensions, & Institutional Analysis
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Hydrological Sciences
  • Ecosystem Analysis Tools
  • Professional Development not a required core)

Download a listing of courses categorized by core area. This Excel file was last updated June 18, 2010 and contains multiple worksheets - one for each core course area (selection tabs at bottom of excel file). The excel file of courses is always undergoing revision as new courses are offered, and should be used only as a guideline.

All students must take during their degree program or have taken in their previous degree program* the following courses:

Biology 585 (Ecology) 3 credits OR alternately with pre-approval of ESE Program Head, BIOL 652 (Review of Primary Fundamental Ecology Literature) 1 credit - (this also meets the minimum requirement for the Ecological & Biological Sciences Core)

One course (3 credits) in the area of Environmental Policy, Economics, Human Dimensions, & Institutional Analysis

ENTM 612 (Responsible Conduct in Research) 1 credit or comparable course - Should be taken within the first year in the graduate program

One course each from two of the four of the following ESE cores

  • Life Cycle Thinking/Sustainable Design Core
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Hydrological Sciences
  • Ecosystem Analysis Tools

* If a previous degree was not at Purdue University, transcripts will be reviewed by Program Head to identify if any previous courses (passed with a B or better) qualify to replace the required courses listed above.

Although listed as one of the core areas, the professional development core is not required, but strongly encouraged. There are several professional development courses that may be of interest and relevant to your unique research area. Such courses can be identified with the help of your advisory committee. Participating in the planning of the annual ESE Symposium also serves as a professional development activity.